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Dependancy Vs Autonomy


If the path of your life has potholes, there is a chance that they could fill up with the rain of dependancy. Any harmful dependancy can enter your life if you allow it to take place. Fill up that space with healthy matter and it won’t!

Waskaquébec defines dependancy as “inadequate, auto-prescribed medication for pain caused by stress of overthinking your empty spaces”. Obviously, this is a cartoonish way to say that you numb the pain caused by your anxiety. Dependancy takes many shapes: drugs, alcohol, music, pornography, gaming, extreme sports, violence, politics, videos, collecting, running, escaping, religion, sects, eating… It is not what you do that defines your dependancy. It is why, how and how much you do it.

Autonomy is healthy, solid matter that fills up the potholes of your lifepath. If they’re filled up, the rain of dependancy has no place to go.

Numerous non-profit associations work at fighting dependancy. Imagine all these people with umbrellas trying to prevent rain filling up the million potholes in our streets. Ha! Ha! Wouldn’t it more productive to have these wonderful volunteers fill the holes with asphalt? Wouldn’t it be more sustainable? That is what Waskaquébec thinks too.

Learning autonomy is filling up the potholes in your life in a sustainable way. The chemistry of your body will easily and quickly adjust to that. And – thanks to this wonderful experiential method – your reflexes will readily become autonomy-oriented. That is how the brain works. Grey matter likes what rewards you with pleasure and it is quite pleasurable to be happy and prosperous. The brain always chooses the buttons that make the candy come down.

How does Waskaquébec know all that? Three full decades of making its members happy and prosperous. And autonomous. Day after day, one day at a time. Come and see for yourself.

Jean-François Néron
General Manager and Guide-mentor at
Waska, autonomie et services techniques communautaires



Mentoring and coaching are fundamental elements of Waskaquébec‘s apprenticeship programme Access Your Prosperity. Acquiring techniques and soft skills simultaneously through experientiel learning brought the enterprise to find a properly descriptive name for it: “Apprenticeship-mentorship”.

Access Your Prosperity is a business immersion programme for individuals who need to find a more appropriate source of revenues in order to cover basic life expenses and achieve work/life balance.

Apprenticeship, coaching and mentoring are integrated in every aspect of the members’ experience throughout the programme. Members integrate different committees and workgroups designed to replicate real-life workplaces. They perform actual tasks, assisted by a guide-mentor. Simultaneous training and mentoring allows for more sustainable learning.

Most participants of more traditional programmes fail soon after their completion because they do not master necessary skills and they have not properly integrated the “network”. Apprentices need to live the experience in the real world for them to launch professionally.

Access Your Prosperity provides this real-life experience, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Members are encouraged by peers and can readily build both social and professional networks while learning.


Jean-François Néron
General Manager and Guide-mentor at
Waska, autonomie et services techniques communautaires

Poking at the problem and not hurting yourself

If the problem is inside you, it’s a problem. Because when you tackle it, you tackle yourself by the same token. That is why it hurts so much when you try.


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If you are inside the problem, you are experiencing the same problem!

You need to disembody this problem. Put it on the table in front of you. Dissociate from/with it.

Do not use expressions like “my problem” or “I have a problem”. Phrases like “I will deal with this situation” or “I am analyzing the situation” separate the problem from your self, thus allowing you to poke at it without hurting yourself in the process.

A simple recipe – but an effective one.

Prosperity to you all! May you have a Waskan day!


Jean-François “Jeff” Néron, General Manager at

Helping individuals accessing prosperity is a social economy enterprise (non-profit organization) offering a programme to individuals who wish to access prosperity. This is why it is called “Access Your Prosperity”!

What is prosperity, anyway?

We define prosperity as “living comfortably, being in control of one’s own destiny and earning enough money to cover all expenses of daily life”. Also, we add “living with a peaceful mind, enjoying life without any fear of losing one’s shirt all the time!”.

As you can see, prosperity is not only about money. It’s also a matter of feeling good about life.

When we founded in 2007, we designed it to offer its members concrete solutions, helping them truly accessing real, sustainable prosperity. Like something where members can really change their situations for the better, once and for all! Furthermore, pursues the mission of the Waska Movement: the endeavours must be auto-financing. So… doesn’t get a cent from government funding. Nor from any charity!

Who pays, then? The social economy enterprise sells top quality services to contributing members, professionals and businesspeople who gladly invest in building prosperity. Doing so, these contributing members give socio-economic power to their peers in the community who experience financial difficulties. Doing so, these professionals and these businesspeople benefit from top-of-the-line administrative assistance in performing tasks that require special skills and technical knowledge! Upscale geek squad!!!

You see? makes everyone happy and helps reduce Québecers’ tax burden!

caffe roma table et ecranSo… The member who decides to participate in the “Access Your Prosperity” programme is greeted by a friendly guide-mentor, in a warm atmosphere at Caffè Roma. That’s an Italian café on the ever-so-romantic St. Joseph Street East in Québec City. The member is assisted by the guide-mentor in actually progressing to a well-paying job or founding a micro-enterprise. There is nothing more motivating than learning hands-on, in the actual environment. We also call it an apprenticeship.

This very happy member also benefits, without paying a penny in money, from top notch technical assistance, experiential learning workshops, learning assistance and technical resources. Instead of impoverishing himself by giving away money he barely owns, the member signs an agreement with called SWAP. The time he invests in helping’s endeavours becomes his ticket to acquiring the tools to build his prosperity. Nifty, eh?

The organization receives precious help from its partners who contribute to its building of prosperity. The member can really hope for attractive job offers, business opportunities and getting diplomas needed to progress professionally. He benefits from’s huge network of business and community connections.

Step into prosperous reality now. Become a member here.

Recipe for Prosperous Vacations

What a title for a blog article! Indeed! I define prosperity as being the “ability to succeed at being comfortable”.

Yes, it is possible to spend comfortable, “prosperity-generating” vacation time. These last two years, I’ve been casually monitoring my own vacation weeks, scattered all over the year.


To rest and feel free to be disheveled.

Right now, I’m beginning my fourth day of a vacation week. My next one starts January 27. As I am not in the first five seniors in my department, I could not benefit from first choice when it came to picking two consecutive weeks of rest. I had to settle for two separate bunches of five days. But, hey! I am not sad at all and so won’t you! As a matter of fact, it gives me the opportunity to concoct for you the recipe for prosperous, restorative vacations.

I’m not the only freak who feels the need to occupy his mind when he’s off work. However, I already feel a lot more relaxed than what I was just a week ago. These last three or four months have proved* demanding for me: a very trying union negociation session, heaps of work on‘s business plan, family business, housework, etc. Oh! I forgot studies in between. Whew! I so need to click the “pause” button.

Not all people feel the same about what’s rest and what’s not. Obviously, this is very personal. In order for me to work up a recipe that’s good enough to publish, I need to determine all common determinators. In the end, we’re all humans.

I’ll share with you my case as an example:

  • get to do all that piles up at home – and on my conscience – that I never get to do;
  • visit or communicate with all the people to whom I should have given news;
  • implement in my daily concrete life all my resolutions and set them on perpetual motion;
  • not be in a hurry!
  • make healthy lunches in advance;
  • perform house cleaning – at least where it’s stressing me the most;
  • allow myself to be distracted;
  • read on my own terms all the books that pile up on my coffee table;
  • finally have things sorted out in all the computers, DVDs and CDs at home;
  • give some relaxed time to my humanitarian endeavours ( and union tasks for my colleagues);
  • and – above all – spend quality time with my oh-so-lovely children!

The equilibrium constant here seems to evolve around “simply setting the score with what hurts you and prevents you from being prosperous, from being comfortable”. Nevertheless, there are other issues to consider. Now, this recipe must produce sustainable results. That’s what my team and I keep on working on.

This magical recipe, I keep for the lucky ones who join in‘s Access Your Prosperity Programme 😉 So… Join in! Come and join us at Caffè Roma, on Québec City’s very romantic St. Joseph Street East.

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